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Family still hoping to #finddani; new photos, video released

After more than seven weeks, the disappearance of Danielle Stislicki remains an unsolved mystery, one gaining attention across the country.

Danielle Stislicki has been missing since December 2.
Danielle Stislicki has been missing since December 2.

The 28-year-old Farmington Hills resident failed to show up for a December 2 dinner with a long-time friend, who found Danielle’s vehicle the next day in the lot near her Independence Green Apartments.

Farmington Hills Police Chief Chuck Nebus announced last month that investigators believe Danielle is a crime victim. Police have also searched a home in Berkely but released very little information, citing the need to protect their investigation.

On Friday, the case was featured on “Crime Watch Daily with Chris Hansen,” a one-hour daily crime show broadcast in syndication and on youtube.com.

Family members managing a website and Facebook page to raise awareness have posted new photos and a video of Danielle and flyers distributed across the country have been translated into several languages.

Police are still looking for:

  • Anyone who may have seen Danielle and/or her vehicle on December 2 in the vicinity of the Met Life office building or parking lot on Telegraph Road, north of 10 Mile, in Southfield.
  • Anyone who may have seen Danielle and/or her 2015 Jeep Renegade, Michigan license plate DGH 8957, near Lincoln Court in the Independence Green Apartment Complex between 5 p.m. on December 2 and 6 p.m. on December 3.
  • Anyone who may have seen or found a Samsung Galaxy Core Prime cell phone in a rose colored case and a key chain with a charm and two keys.

If you have information, call Farmington Hills Police, 248-871-2610.

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UPDATED: Police release more info about missing Hills woman

Danielle Stislicki has been missing since December 2.
Danielle Stislicki has been missing since December 2.

UPDATE: Farmington Hills Police on Wednesday released even more information about the disappearance of 28-year-old Danielle Stislicki, who was last seen December 2.

Stislicki was last seen at her Southfield workplace but her vehicle was left near her home at Independence Green Apartments, in the area of Halsted and Grand River. She has brown, wavy, medium-length hair. She is 5’5” tall, weighs 123 pounds, and was last seen wearing blue jeans, a black zip-up shirt, blue Eddie Bauer coat, and burgundy boots.

During a press conference, Police Chief Chuck Nebus said Stislicki was supposed to meet a friend for dinner that evening, and when she didn’t show up, the friend contacted police. Her purse was later found inside her car.

“We found no signs of a struggle or foul play,” he said, adding “extensive” lab and tech work has been done.

The search of the Independence Green apartment complex and surrounding area has included police, friends, family, and K-9 officers, along with the Michigan State Police helicopter.

“There has been, no exaggeration, hundreds of hours of investigation,” Nebus said. In all, a dozen agencies have been involved.

Stislicki’s parents also spoke at the press conference and expressed appreciation for everyone’s assistance in the search.

“Our concern is that Danielle is somewhere being held not by her choice and wants to come home, and we want to bring her home,” Ann Stislicki said.

The Department is looking for:

  • Anyone who may have seen Danielle and/or her vehicle leaving the Met Life office building or parking lot on Telegraph Road, north of 10 Mile, in Southfield on December 2.
  • Anyone who may have seen Danielle and/or her 2015 Jeep Renegade, Michigan license plate DGH 8957, in the area of her home on Lincoln Court in the Independence Green Apartment Complex between 5 p.m. on December 2 and 6 p.m. on December 3.
  • Anyone who may have seen or found a Samsung Galaxy Core Prime cell phone in a rose colored case and a key chain with a charm and two keys.

Danielle Stislicki vehicle

Friends and family are crowd-funding a reward to help find her, and as of Wednesday night, the “Find Danielle Stislicki” GoFundMe drive had raised $18,000 – well above its original $10,000 goal.

Keychain“Danielle is a wonderful human being who has many family and friends who love her dearly,” wrote friend Kathleen Price, who set up the account. “We want Dani home and need everyone’s help.”

Price also noted that if the reward is not collected, funds will go to the family.

Independence Green Apartments is also offering a $50,000 reward for information leading to Danielle’s safe return, or an arrest and conviction if foul play is involved.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Farmington Hills Police Department, 248-871- 2610.

Danielle Stislicki

 

Downtown Farmington doctor faces assault charge

Dr. Eliezer Monge
Dr. Eliezer Monge (Farmington Public Safety photo)

A physician with a downtown Farmington office faces charges of assault and battery, after an 18-year-old Farmington woman alleged that he inappropriately touched and kissed her during an exam.

Dr. Eliezer Monge was arraigned on December 2 before 47th District Court Magistrate Matthew Friedrich, who ordered a $2,500 personal bond and no contact with the victim. Monge’s pretrial hearing has been scheduled for 2 p.m. on January 23, 2017.

According to a press release, the victim in July told Farmington Public Safety Department investigators that Monge met her in an exam room and had her lay on her back on the examination table. She told police that he began to touch her in a way that made her feel very uncomfortable, and that they were alone in the exam room.

As Monge helped her sit up, the woman told police, he attempted to kiss her. She turned her head, and he gave her an open-mouth kiss on her neck. Panicked, the woman immediately left the office.

Police said Monge denied the victim’s claims. A DNA sample from the victim’s neck was obtained, and the Michigan State Police Crime Lab confirmed that it matched a sample from Monge.

If convicted, Monge faces 93 days in jail or a $500 fine.

“The actions of Dr. Monge in this case are reprehensible,” Public Safety Director Frank Demers said in the release. “The victim came to him for help, and sadly he took advantage of her in a manner that is both criminal and immoral.”

Police seek Farmington Hills woman, 28, reported missing

Farmington Hills police are asking for help locating a 28-year-old woman who has been missing since December 2.

Danielle Stislicki has been missing since December 2.
Danielle Stislicki has been missing since December 2.

Danielle Stislicki is white, with brown, wavy, medium-length hair. She is 5’5” tall, weighs 123 pounds, and was last seen wearing blue jeans, a black zip-up shirt, blue Eddie Bauer coat, and burgundy boots.

While Stislicki was last seen in Southfield, her vehicle was left at her Farmington Hills home, in the area of Halsted and Grand River. According to a Farmington Hills Police Department press release, her family is concerned because this behavior is out of character.

Anyone with information should contact the department, 248-871- 2610.

Lock ’em up: Farmington police warn about thefts from vehicles

Farmington police are warning residents to keep car doors locked, after thefts from two vehicles in the overnight hours between November 29 and 30.

The vehicles, which were parked on Arundel Street and Longacre Street (west of Gill Road and south of Grand River, were left unlocked. Thieves stole cash and loose change.

In a nixle.com alert, police said residents should remove all valuable items and packages from vehicles, and lock doors. Keeping driveway lights on overnight is also recommended.

If you have any information about these crimes, call Farmington Public Safety, 248-474-4700. If you see suspicious activity in your neighborhood, call 9-1-1 for an immediate response.

UPDATE: Power out for more than 3K local DTE customers

UPDATEDTE reports that wind damage to equipment caused a power outage that affected more than 3,000 Farmington area customers at around 9:50 p.m. Monday.

By Tuesday morning, power had been restored to those customers, but new major outages caused by downed trees and wind damage showed up overnight, near 11 Mile and Middelbelt, and south of I-696 near Woodland Hills Park. In addition, a blown transformer knocked out power to 1,468 customers at around 7:21 a.m., between Farmington and Orchard Lake Roads north of Eight Mile, and between Shiawassee and Grand River, east of Hawthorne Street:

DTE Power Outage

DTE expects to restore power to virtually all areas by 11:30 p.m. on Tuesday.

DTE power outage Farmington Farmington HIlls

The initial outage affected an area between Gill and Halsted Road, south of Grand River to just north of Eight Mile Road. The DTE Energy outage map showed an estimated restoration time of 12:30 a.m. Tuesday.

This post will be updated as more information becomes available. 

 

Farmington Hills Police Department promotes four

Farmington Hills Police Department has promoted four employees, including a service aid who is now a police officer.

Farmington Hills Police promotions
From left: City Manager Dave Boyer, Officer Jennifer Sauer, Sergeant Mark Rash, Lieutenant John Piggott, Commander Daniel Rodriguez, and Chief Charles Nebus

A November 7 celebrated the following promotions:

Lieutenant Daniel Rodriguez, promoted to the rank of Commander in the Operations Bureau, is a 22-year veteran of the Department and has served as a police cadet, an officer in Patrol, a DEA task force officer, SONIC officer in Investigations, a sergeant in Patrol and the Directed Patrol Unit, and a lieutenant in Patrol and Administration. Rodriguez holds an Associate’s Degree in Criminal Justice from Oakland Community College and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Public Administration from Central Michigan University. A United States Marine Corps veteran, he is a graduate of the Northwestern University School of Police Staff and Command.

Sergeant John Piggott, promoted to the rank of lieutenant in the Operations Bureau, is a 20-year veteran and has served as a police cadet, an officer in Patrol, a traffic officer, a school liaison officer, and a sergeant in Patrol and Investigations. Piggott has an Associate’s Degree from Oakland Community College, a Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice from Grand Valley State University, and a Master of Science Degree in Business Administration from Madonna University. He is also a graduate of the Northwestern University School of Police Staff and Command.

Promoted to the rank of sergeant in the Operations Bureau, Officer Mark Rash is a 20-year veteran of the Department. He has served as an officer in Patrol, an evidence technician in Patrol, and a detective in Investigations. Rash has an Associate’s Degree from Henry Ford Community College and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice and Psychology from the University of Michigan.

Police Service Aide Jennifer Sauer was promoted to police officer and is currently assigned to the Patrol Division of the Operations Bureau. Sauer is also a staff sergeant with the Air National Guard at Selfridge and was previously an eight-year active duty veteran of the United States Air Force. During her career with the Air Force, she served as an investigator, emergency communications controller, response force leader, and an armorer. Officer Sauer has an Associate’s Degree in Criminal Justice from the Community College of the Air Force and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice from South University. She recently graduated from the Grand Valley State University Military Veterans Police Academy.

Press release

Hills biz donates smoke alarms to fire department

MAHLE Industries Inc. recently donated several dozen smoke alarms to help Farmington Hills fire fighters increase fire safety awareness – and ultimately save lives.

MAHLE smoke detector donation
From left: York Heiliger, MAHLE HR Manager, Andrew Staub, Paid on Call Firefighter/EMT, Lee Panoushek, Deputy Chief, Alexander Bradford, Firefighter/Paramedic, Jason Olszewski, Fire Marshal, Annie Kushner, MAHLE EHS Coordinator, Amira Lewis, Secretary to the Fire Marshal, Jarod Foshag, Sergeant/Paramedic, Staff Lieutenant James Neufeld, and Staff Lieutenant Larry Gauthier.

The lithium battery-operated smoke alarms have a 10-year life span, which the Fire Department recommends.

MAHLE, a German automotive supplier with North American headquarters located in Farmington Hills, created this initiative to recognize Fire Prevention Month.

“MAHLE has a strong commitment to the health and safety of our employees,” said Annie Kushner, MAHLE’s Environmental Health and Safety Coordinator. “Donating the smoke alarms gave us the opportunity to partner with the Fire Department and extend that commitment to our neighbors.”

The Fire Department recommends monthly testing of smoke alarms without lithium-powered batteries, and battery replacement twice per year. According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), a person is twice as likely to die in a home fire where there are no working smoke alarms. In fires where smoke alarms did not operate, 46% had missing or disconnected batteries; dead batteries account for 24 percent of smoke alarm failures.

“With help from businesses like MAHLE, we can reach our goal of ensuring that every home in Farmington Hills has working smoke alarms,” said Farmington Hills Fire Marshal Jason Olszewski. “If the unfortunate day ever comes when you have a fire in your home, a working smoke alarm will help you and your family get out safely and reunite at your designated meeting place.”

If you need help installing a smoke alarm, or would like details about the free smoke alarm installation program, contact the Farmington Hills Fire Prevention Division at 248-871-2820.

Press release

Hills police investigate assault on 60-year-old woman

Farmington Hills Police say a man assaulted a 60-year-old woman who was walking her dog at Village Green Apartments, on Haggerty Road south of 14 Mile, late Saturday night.

The woman was out at around midnight when she was approached by the man, who forced her back inside her home. She was assaulted, and cash was stolen from the apartment.

The man is described as white, about 5’5” to 5’7” tall, with a medium build and complexion. He was wearing blue jeans and possibly gloves. Police said the man also had a strong odor of cigarettes.

Anyone with information is urged to contact the Farmington Hills Police Department, 248-871-2610.

Police investigate Farmington Road condo home invasion

A Pinewoods condominium complex resident returned home from work Wednesday to find the front door open and items missing from the unit in the 23000 block of Farmington Road.

Pinewoods Condominiums
Pinewoods is located on the west side of Farmington Road, between Alta Loma and Freedom Road.

Farmington Public Safety Department Commander Justin DuLong said Friday that some sort of pry tool was used to enter the unit, sometime between 6:30 a.m. and 8:30 p.m. He said the home invasion is “unusual for that area,” but not the time it occurred.

“It has been my experience that the majority of these happen in the daytime,” he said.

DuLong explained that criminals will often knock on a door to see whether anyone’s home. If someone answers, they’ll say they were looking for a different address or ask for someone who doesn’t live there.

The department asks residents to call whenever something like that happens, or to report any suspicious activity or suspicious vehicles. The department’s non-emergency number is 248-474-4700, or call 9-1-1 for an immediate response. And anyone with information about the Wednesday home invasion is asked to call DuLong at 248-474-5500, ext. 2246.